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Louisiana has nearly two dozen state parks that offer outstanding opportunities for outdoor experiences. Enjoy superb fishing, boating, paddling and water sports. Or get up close with nature on biking and hiking trails, where birdwatching is some of the finest in the country. Numerous waterways—from lakes and bayous to swamps and lagoons—lie amid our verdant hills and rich marshlands. You'll find excellent camping and picnic areas, including well-equipped cabins and RV parks.
Mandeville is where the urban meets the natural. Founded in 1834 by the Marigny de Mandeville family of New Orleans, it developed early on as a lakeside summer resort for wealthy denizens of the Crescent City. This remains in evidence in the older quarters of the city, and in some of its key historic properties that are found on Lakeshore Drive. In the 1950s, Mandeville was connected to the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain via the Causeway, the longest bridge in the world. To complement its well-established, wooded suburbs, Mandeville offers a full complement of upscale amenities. These include fine dining establishments, shops and day spas – the perfect for unwinding after a visit to New Orleans. At the edge of town, Fontainebleau State Park offers cabins and campsites with plenty of diversion for nature lovers. It also connects to the Tammany Trace, a leafy, 31-mile trail that bicyclers find exhilarating.